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Noun "association"?

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, December 14, 2001, 20:06
I've had this idea for a while, but I'm just wondering what you people
think of it. The main usage is in disambiguating pronouns of identical
number/gender that happen to refer to different things. What would happen
is, the first time a noun is used, the speaker prefixes it with a "tag",
or an "association" prefix. Later, when the speaker uses a pronoun to
refer to this noun, he attaches the same tag to the pronoun.

There are (currently) three tags: ki-, cu-, ro-. Which tag is used depends
totally on the speaker's preference, although generally the order above is
the order the speaker would assign them to nouns.

Example usage:

3biz3t33' taa'rui. kibiz3t30' tww'ma cubiz3tau' t3, ghi' n3 `yb0' d3
b33'l3n3? t3m3. cujhit0' taw'ma t3, mybi'l3n0 fww't3 `ybu ni l3li's
taa'ruu di iso'i. t3m3. robiz3t30' tuw'ma kijhitu' t3, `ybu' bii'l3n0
fww't3 loo'ri is0'i. t3m3.


(Some) women were in the garden. A woman(tag:ki) said to (another)
woman(tag:cu), Where is that boy of mine?? She(tag:cu) answered, I saw no
boy during the time I was coming to (this) garden. (A third) woman(tag:ro)
answered her(tag:ki), I saw a/the boy in the open area earlier.

Notice how the use of tags disambiguates which woman the narrator was
referring to. Neat, huh? (If I do say so myself :-P)

(Full interlinear and grammatical parse available upon request.)


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David Starner <starner@...>